Chad Simmons

Hockman "Wide Open" Now

Former UGA commit talks about his next step in recruiting.

DP: How many colleges are looking at you and do you have a top 3?

Hockman: I like North Carolina.  Alabama has been calling.  I like Stanford.  I'm really open right now.

DP: So, you are not really looking at just the SEC.  Are you looking at academics first and football second?

Hockman: Yes sir.  Life after football and playing time of course because that is always a big deal to everybody.

DP: Was your decision to de-commit a result of the coaching change?

Hockman: Yes sir, it was.  There was just nobody there I committed to was there any more.  It just didn't seem like the same place to me. It's a great place still and they still recruit me a little bit. 

DP: What do you think about Kirby Smart?

Hockman: I think he is a great coach.  A great defensive guy.

DP: Is Georgia in your top 5?

Hockman: I am completely open like I said.  I haven't narrowed it down very much now.  I am just trying to go on visits now.

DP: Do you have a favorite movie?

Hockman: Star Wars.

DP: The new one?

Hockman: All of them.

DP: Do you have a favorite artist?

Hockman: Drake

DP: Who is your favorite NFL player?

Hockman: Aaron Rodgers

DP: Who is your favorite college player?

Hockman: Leonard Fournette

Top Ten Tracker (Updated as needed):

Derrick Brown

As of January 13, 2016 - UGA will see Derrick Brown on Thursday, the first day schools are able to get back on the road to recruit.

As of January 12, 2016 - Brown is an elite talent that has been targeted by schools nationwide.  He has been and still is a top target for the Dawgs.  Georgia is trying to get bigger and stronger up front and Brown could provide that.

Demetris Robertson

As of January 12, 2016 - An athlete who could play for Georgia immediately on either side of the ball.  Georgia has had him high on their board for a couple of years now and they may have moved up Robertson's list with the Smart hire. 

Mecole Hardman Jr.

As of January 13, 2016 - Dawg Post can report that Elbert County is planning for an "early morning annoucement" on Signing Day for Hardman.

As of January 13, 2016 - Chad Simmons is reporting that Alabama's Nick Saban and Jeremy Pruitt will visit with Hardman on Thursday.

As of January 12, 2016 - Explosive as they come.  A special talent who can be dynamic on the football field.  A selfless young man who could shine at slot or cornerback.  Another playmaker who can make an immediate impact.

Nigel Warrior

As of January 13, 2016 - UGA will see 5-star DB Nigel Warrior on Thursday, the first day schools are able to get back on the road to recruit.

As of January 12, 2016 - A coveted defensive back with speed, ball skills, and instincts that will be able to sign where he wants.  A top target for Georgia who is very high on Alabama's board, so with Smart's move to Athens, this helps the Dawgs. 

Brian Burns

As of January 13, 2016 - UGA will see Scout 100 DE Brian Burns on Thursday, the first day schools are able to get back on the road to recruit.

As of January 12, 2016 - The Dawgs want Burns, an elite pass rusher with length and speed to the ball.  At one time UGA was considered the favorite, but Florida has taken that spot, but expect Smart and his staff to turn things up here in January.

Tyler Simmons

As of January 13, 2016 - UGA will see Alabama WR commit Tyler Simmons on Thursday, the first day schools are able to get back on the road to recruit.

As of January 12, 2016 - There is a big need at wide receiver for Georgia and Simmons is a wanted prospect, even though he picked Alabama a few weeks ago. He is now planning to take his official visit in January and that could be key.  He is a wide receiver with track speed.

Willie Allen

As of January 12, 2016 - With the need up front on the offensive line, Allen is expected to be a big target for Georgia moving forward.  He is a big body from an elite high school program who could play tackle or guard.

E.J. Price

As of January 12, 2016 - Price is a one-time Georgia commit and it could come back full circle.  He is an offensive lineman with the ability to move around and play multiple positions.  

Ben Davis 

As of January 12, 2016 - Not long after the announcement of Kirby smart taking over Georgia did David reveal the Dawgs were his new No. 1 school.  Still, he is an Alabama legacy, so he will not be an easy pull out of the state of Alabama, but Georgia is a legit contender.

Shyheim Carter

As of January 12, 2016 - The combination of Carter being a one-time Alabama commit, his interest in Georgia, and the need in the secondary for UGA, this is a big target.  He knows Smart well, so we will see if that helps.


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